Famous pianist Maciej Grzybowski performed in the main Concert Hall of the National Museum of Korea. His recital was one of the events accompanying the exhibition "Polish Art: An Enduring Spirit".
The concert was one of the highlights of the series of events accompanying the exhibition "Polish Art: An Enduring Spirit". Other events planned by the museum included two more recitals of young Korean pianists, lectures about Polish design and Polish cinematography as well as screenings of Polish movies.
Maciej Grzybowski, who performs as a soloist and chamber musician, has made numerous phonographic, radio and television recordings. He was nominated four times for the prestigious "Polityka's Passports" award. Two of his records – Bach, Berg, Mykietyn, Schönberg, Szymański and Paweł Szymański – Works for Piano, released by Universal and EMI Classics, were nominated for the "Fryderyk" Polish Recording Industry Award.
As a soloist, he has performed at many international festivals alongside such great artists as Martha Argerich, Paul Badura-Skoda, Grigory Sokolov, Ivo Pogorelich, Piotr Anderszewski, as well as with the Arditti Quartet and the London Sinfonietta.
In 2005 Grzybowski played for the first time at the Mozart Hall in Bologna. His recital (featuring works of Chopin, Czajkowski, Mykietyn and Grzybowski's own composition) was recognized as the greatest event Bologna has held in a few years. The same year Grzybowski made his debut in the United States, where he played a recital in New York.
Since then he performed at many festivals, such as Sacrum Profanum in Kraków or Sounds New in Canterbury, where he shared the stage with the Arditti String Quartet, the London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Intercontemporain. Furthermore, he made an appearance at the International Music Festival "Chopin and his Europe" alongside such stars as Martha Argerich, Ivo Pogorelich and Grigory Sokolov, playing Andrzej Czajkowski's Second Piano Concerto.
Maciej Grzybowski toured USA twice, in 2012 and 2014. He performed in concert halls in Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, Denver, Lindsborg, Seattle, Sarasota as well as in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal in Canada. In 2015, Grzybowski will perform in the Wigmore Hall in London as well as in Oxford at the festival in Dartington. He will also take part in the next edition of the "Chopin and his Europe" festival.
He is the greatest pianist I have heard in my life. (…) Scarlatti is out of this world, different from any other I ever heard, and superior to any I ever heard. He BREATHES THE MUSIC and brings out character no one else has found in it. (…) He is a phenomenon, a marvel, a miracle, a special kind of genius. His Debussy and Ravel are completely unique. (...) I often remember the way he played the Debussy and Scarlatti. (...) It was completely fascinating and memorable.
Walter Arlen, long-term critic of the "Los Angeles Times", 2012
Programme of the concert:
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) – Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major, K 282
- Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) – Mazurka in A minor, Op. 7 No. 2
- Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) – Mazurka in E minor, Op. 41 No. 1
- Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) – Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20
- Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994) – Folk Melodies
- Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) – Mazurka in B major, Op. 7 No. 1
- Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) – Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 6 No. 2
- Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) – Mazurka in E minor, Op. 17 No. 2
- Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) – Mazurka in F major, Op. 68 No. 3
- Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) – Mazurka in G sharp minor, Op. 33 No. 1
- Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) – Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat major, Op. 61
- Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) – Valses nobles et sentimentales
Organizers: National Museum of Korea, Culture.pl
Time: 24th June, 2015, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Venue: Concert Hall of the National Museum of Korea